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Cardinals Knock Off Manatees, 6-2

May 7, 2012
The Palm Beach Cardinals (16-15) would not need extra innings in today's morning affair with the Brevard County Manatees (13-18), as they got of the gate early for the 6-2 victory.

Starter Carlos Martinez (2-1) was on top of his game morning, as the right-hander went a season-high seven innings, scattering three hits for one run. His longest outing of the season earned his second victory.

Offensively, the Cardinals got on the board early, as Chris Edmondson doubled to bring in Mike O'Neill, who reached base on a lead off single. O'Neill got the rally going in the third, as he singled to start off the inning. Ronny Gil was hit by the next pitch. Starlin Rodriguez bunted both players over, but Jimmy Nelson's throw sailed over the third baseman head and brought both runs in. Rainel Rosario capped the scoring as he singled to bring in Rodriguez.

The Cardinals tacked on one more in the fourth on an RBI single by Gil and one in the seventh on RBI double by Jonathan Rodriguez. Rodriguez' double was his third hit of the game and his third double.

The Manatees tried to rally late, as they got the first two batters on in the eighth, but Aidan Lucas settled down to keep the Manatees from getting any closer. Chase Reid pitched a scoreless ninth to end the game.

On the day, Jonathan Rodriguez led the Cardinals with a 3-for-4 day, while Mike O'Neill added three hits and two runs.

The Cardinals finished a successful home stand, as they went 5-2 and now will hit the road for four games against the Lakeland Flying Tigers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. as Seth Maness goes for his fourth win of the season.

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